ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

SASHIKO IN NEWFOUNDLAND

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JESSICA MARQUEZ OF MINATURE RHINO | SASHIKO + BORO WORKSHOP | NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA | JUNE 7 - 12, 2020

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THIS TRIP OPENS FOR REGISTRATION MID-OCTOBER

About the trip:

Join us in the friendly coastal province of Newfoundland! Bright houses painted like rainbows spill over the salt-drenched cliffs of St. John’s, June is also an ideal time to try and spot icebergs as they float past the harbour, not to be outdone by Humpback Whales + Puffins.

In this workshop we will explore time honored hand stitching techniques inspired by Japanese sashiko and traditional hand quilting. Both functional and decorative, sashiko opens a world of possibilities for creative expression through hand embroidery. Students will be guided through this meditative art using simple tools and materials to create stunning patterns, learn useful mending techniques, and experiment with patchwork.

This workshop is open to all ability levels from beginner to experienced. 

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day Sashiko + Boro Mending workshop with Jessica Marquez

  • 5 nights accommodation (1 night in St. John’s and 4 nights in Green’s Harbour) — please see rooming notes below*

  • 5 dinners

  • 4 lunches

  • 5 breakfasts

  • A St. John’s walking Tour

  • All transportation during tours and to and from St. John’s to Green’s Harbour

  • Workshop supplies kit

  • An Ace Camps Cotton Tote bag

TRIP DETAILS + PRICE:

Airfare to St. John’s Newfoundland is not included.

Group Size: Minimum 8 guests and maximum 12 guests.

This trip does not include alcoholic drinks except where noted.

You will be sent a workshop supply list closer to the trip date. Please see further supply info below.

TRIP PRICE: Will be announced soon

*ROOMING OPTIONS:

We have 4 Shared Occupancy Rooms and 8 Single Rooms.

THIS TRIP OPENS FOR REGISTRATION MID-OCTOBER

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SUPPLIES FOR THE WORKSHOP:

Due to the varying backgrounds of participants, you will be given an option closer to the workshop to purchase materials from us or to gather your own from a list we send to you. 


WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Acres and acres of rambling fields, forests and English gardens. Newfoundland ponies, goats and free roaming birds. Breathtaking sunsets over the crystal clear waters of Hopeall Bay. If nature had a paradise, this would be it! Complete with roaring fireplace, beautiful gardens views, and European stone patios.

 

JESSICA MARQUEZ

Jessica is a lifelong maker who found her way back to textiles while working on an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. After countless hours working digitally, retouching images and staring at a computer screen she longed for hands-on analog making. She taught herself embroidery and then never stopped stitching.

In 2008 she started a creative handmade business, Miniature Rhino, named after a young cousin's imaginary friend, a dentist she called Dr. Rhino. Miniature Rhino became a symbol of creativity and imagination and seeks to inspire and teach hands-on skills through a line of embroidery kits, patterns, classes and books. She's taught throughout the country, internationally and online through Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) classes in embroidery and photography. Her work has been featured in publications including, Grace Bonney's (Design*Sponge) bestselling book, In the Company of Women, Real Simple, Bust, Country Living, and InStyle magazine.

She's written two books Make and Mend (Ten Speed, 2018) and Stitched Gifts (Chronicle, 2012).

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Photos:  Jessica Marquez

Photos: Jessica Marquez



TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 90 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 90 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 90 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. 

WEATHER

And as unpredictable as the weather is, the clean, fresh sea air is a welcome constant. Thanks to the temperate marine climate, you won't have to contend with extreme temperatures. The island of Newfoundland has an average summer temperature of 16°C (61°F).

ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it. They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.


ITINERARY

DAY ONE

Travel Day - plan to arrive in St. John’s Newfoundland

Make your way to our city center hotel. This evening we have a casual welcome dinner.

DAY TWO - EXPLORING ST. JOHN’S

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning we take a wander around the colorful town of St.John’s, we will be on the lookout for icebergs, historical architecture and incredible landscapes.

NOTES ON MOBILITY This walking tour may include considerable walking on uphill or uneven surfaces. Please ensure you are comfortable with these conditions.

Lunch TBD

Later this afternoon we drive towards Green’s Harbour about 1 hour away. Time to settle in before we meet for dinner. There is plenty to explore on site.

Dinner - Guesthouse

DAY THREE - INTRO TO SASHIKO

Breakfast at hotel   

Today we begin with an intro to Sashiko! This will include different exercises such as drawing patterns, creating your own repeat patterns, and learning basic stitches. You will have the option to work on a piece of your own clothing or create a sampler with supplied fabric.

Lunch + Dinner at our Guesthouse

If the skies are clear tonight, it will be a perfect time for star-gazing.

 

DAY FOUR - SASHIKO MENDING

Breakfast at hotel  

Today’s workshop will focus on sashiko mending. You will continue with your sashiko exploration as you learn how to create a patch above or below “a repair area”. You will learn how to bury knots as well as several ways to address patch edges.

After class you may like to go walking through the property on one of their many hiking trails that overlook the harbour below.

Lunch + Dinner at our Guesthouse

DAY FIVE - BORO!

Breakfast at hotel

Today you will continue your exploration of sashiko and mending techniques with the introduction of “boro” patching. Boro refers to the most tattered and "ragged" examples of sashiko. These items have usually been repaired many times and have layers of patched. You can choose to continue to work on your current projects or try your hand at creating a wall hanging/tapestry combining sashiko stitching and patterns along with patchwork techniques.

Lunch + Dinner at our Guesthouse

DAY SIX

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure day: After breakfast, we say our goodbyes to this incredible landscape + transfer back to St. John’s. 


**THIS TRIP OPENS FOR REGISTRATION MID-OCTOBER**

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Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.